Following the announcement of nominees for The Future Awards Africa (TFAA) 2015 in a continent-wide broadcast on EbonyLife TV and Channels TV yesterday, the awards have unveiled photos of the nominees today in an exciting art campaign with Comic Republic.
The 50 young Africans who are the nominees for the 2015 season – with nominees from 11 countries across Africa- are an inspiring mix of superstars like television host Trevor Noah (South Africa), singer Yemi Alade (Nigeria) and change makers such as Botswansian Queen Baboloki and Segawa Patrick (Uganda).
The comic illustrations, created by Comic Republic, a comic start up passionate about expiring young Africans through comics, plays on the nominees’ individual story arcs, as well as TFAA’s tradition of inspiring the continent through enterprise and industry.
“Superheroes don’t always have to be fictional,” said Eduvia Oyaide of Comic Republic. “We are inspired by the incredible work of TFAA over 10 years and then by 2015 crop of nominees who represent Africa’s youth population making extraordinary efforts to better their communities. We imagine this set of future leaders, thinkers and innovators as superheroes who have come to reclaim and rewrite the narrative of the African continent.
“We are happy to partner with Africa’s most prestigious youth event in celebrating Africa’s next set of leaders.”
This year’s nominees, following an open call for nominations, come from across Kenya, Liberia, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Botswana, Ghana, Nigeria, Gambia, Rwanda, Tanzania and Cameroon.
The nominees participated in a judging process supervised by a jury including the Board of Judges and an Independent Audit Committee.
The Future Awards Africa Class of 2015 are the folowings and there categories:
The Future Awards Africa Prize in Advocacy & Activism
Anoziva Marindire (Zimbabwe), Olumayowa Okediran (Nigeria), Segawa Patrick (Uganda), Sakar Uchechukwu (Nigeria), Queen Baboloki (Botswana);
The Future Awards Africa Prize in Education: Josephine Marie Goodwill (Ghana), Abena Agyemang (Ghana), Cynthia Onwuchuruba (Nigeria), Lily Kudzro (Ghana)
5. Maccathy Lomotey (Ghana)
The Future Awards Africa Prize in Enterprise Support: Clarisse Iribagize. (Rwanda), Enow Awah Georges Stevens (Ghana), Olufunbi Falayi (Nigeria), Catherine Mahugu (Kenya), Venuste Kubwimana (Kenya)
The Future Awards Africa Prize in Community Action: Edmund Duodu Antwerp (Ghana), Kelvin Mutize (Zimbabwe), Elijah Amoo Addy (Ghana), Felix Richard Manyogote (Tanzania), Daniel Nii Adom Oodnkor (Ghana)
The Future Awards Africa Prize in Technology: Rasheeda Mandeeya Yehuza (Ghana), Joshua Ihejiamaizu (Nigeria), Abiola Olaniran (Nigeria), Duran De Villiers (South Africa), Arthur Zang (Cameroon)
The Future Awards Africa Prize in Entertainment: Yemi Alade (Nigeria), Vanessa Mdee (Tanzania), Refiloe Maele “Cassper Nyovest” Phoolo (South Africa), Olamide “Badoo” Ayodeji (Nigeria), Anne Kansiime (Uganda)
The Future Awards Africa Prize in Agriculture: Witness Sanga (Tanzania), David Asiamah (Ghana), Fanka A. Yenah (Cameroon), Momarr Mass Taal (Gambia), Lawrence Afere (Nigeria)
The Tony O. Elumelu Prize in Business: Samuel Malinga (Uganda), Kasope Ladipo-Ajai (Kenya), Evans Wadongo (Kenya), Titus Mawano (Uganda)
5.Ali-shah Jivraj (Uganda)
The Future Awards Africa Prize in Public Service, Nkechi Okwuone (Nigeria), Obiefule Iroabueke (Nigeria), Emmanuel N. B. Flomo (Liberia), Lefatshe Anna Moagi (South Africa), Sakaja Johnson (Kenya)
The Future Awards Africa Prize for Young Person of the Year: Adesoji Solanke (Nigeria), Teresa Mbagaya (Kenya), Barclay Okari (Kenya), Philip Obaji Jnr. (Nigeria), Trevor Noah (South Africa)
The Future Awards Africa 2015 – the 10th anniversary – will hold on Sunday, 6 December, 2015. It is powered by RED and held in partnership with the Ford Foundation, Microsoft, the US Consulate, the Canadian High Commission Nigeria and The Tony Elumelu Foundation. Broadcast partners are Africa Magic, Channels TV and EbonyLife TV.
The Future Awards Africa has been called the ‘Nobel Prize for Young Africans’, and the ‘most important youth awards’ by Forbes. It is a set of prizes given annually to celebrate and accelerate innovation, creativity and enterprise amongst young Africans aged 18 – 31. It has produced over 150 winners and over 1550 nominees since its first edition in 2006.
It is presented in conjunction with The Future Project, which has a mandate to build empowered citizens across Africa, through (inclusive) enterprise and (active) citizenship. This focus on Human Capital Development is informed by our value proposition: Africa’s growth needs a generation of young people who are gainfully employed and able to demand and secure better leadership.
The projects include Aiki.ng, an employability portal presented with Microsoft; the Nigeria Symposium for Young & Emerging Leaders, #StartupsAfrica, Intern4Jobs, The m-Hub, The Future Enterprise Support Scheme and The Future Africa Awards & Summit, described as ‘The Nobel Prize for Young Africans’.
With a network of funders and partners including the Tony Elumelu Foundation, Ford Foundation, the US Government, First Bank, MTN, The Canadian Embassy, HP, the Nigerian Government and the British Council, our work has spanned Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Tanzania, Liberia, Burkina Faso, Uganda, Malawi, Cameroon, Somalia, Equatorial Guinea, Ivory Coast and Kenya.